Legendary anime Dragon Ball Z has spawned many video game titles over the years, which mostly belong to the fighting genre to replicate all the epic battles in the series. Despite the wealth of titles available for selection, PC gamers only get to play a handful of them, with only two Dragon Ball games on Steam right now: Xenoverse and its sequel. Both games are decent in their own right, but for those who prefer the classic 2D flavor, they’ll have to look elsewhere.
Maybe this is a source of inspiration for Hyper Dragon Ball Z, a free fan-made 2D fighting game, which aims to capture the classic look in the likes of Street Fighter II. The game was created using freeware fighting engine M.U.G.E.N., and the current build features nine characters, such as Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo, and Frieza. Such a small roster seems un-Dragon Ball Z-like, but developer Team Z2 is planning to add in Gotenks, Krillin, Tien, Super Buu, and Android 18 later this year. You can even battle it out in 21 stages, which were based on iconic locations in the anime.
The game is available for free now and it might be worth checking out, considering how well it’s made as seen in the gameplay trailer above. The fighting moves were delivered with crisp, accompanied by proper sound effects from the series. There’s also a Discord channel that allows users to voice out their suggestions and feedback for Hyper Dragon Ball Z. Just make sure you get it quickly if you are interested, as a takedown order seems imminent from Bandai Namco, the official publisher of Dragon Ball Z games.
Source: PC Gamer